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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) Congress is still negotiating a major Medicare prescription drug bill, but it looks like the Health Savings Account may be one item that's a keeper. Free market critics of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act warn, however, that it won't be enough to win their support for the new $400 billion drug benefit.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Election Day 2003, voters in a number of cities and counties will decide questions related to public education funding and tax increases."Everybody is looking for money somewhere," said Jacqueline Byers, director of research for the National Association of Counties, who pointed to homeland security costs and funding cuts from state legislatures as factors driving the scramble for money.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - GOP wins in Tuesday's Kentucky and Mississippi governor's races put added pressure on Democrats to show viability in the South, with all eyes on Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff and, looking ahead, next year's presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans gain a seat in three governor's races this November, they will add to a spate of GOP upsets in the South.Last year, Republicans unseated Democratic governors in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia just two years after President Bush won all three states handily in the 2000 election. This year, the GOP is hoping to defeat Democrats in Kentucky and Mississippi while holding onto their seat in Louisiana.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Think Republicans are the small government party? Federal domestic spending rose eight percent from 2001 to 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, at a time when the GOP controlled the White House and the U.S. House.A decade ago, when Democrats controlled all of Congress and the presidency, spending rose 4.8 percent from 1993 to 1994.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With homeland security one of the top concerns of federal agencies, America's businesses are increasingly concerned about forthcoming regulations that could prove complex and costly.Businesses and their lawyers are already taking steps to make sure regulators don't trample on American businesses and their rights in the name of security.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the House of Representatives Thursday readied for a vote on whether to allow drug importation from Canada and other price-control countries, a split amongst free market advocates remained un-mended.While most Republicans oppose the plan (H.R. 2427) sponsored by Gil Gutknecht (R-Minn.) and brought to the floor via the maneuvering of Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), a small number of conservatives took a different tact.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush economic stimulus plan, which would end double taxation on dividend income and expand tax breaks for small businesses, is being labeled by congressional Democrats as a giveaway to rich taxpayers.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Clarifies that the Senate will vote the week of Sept. 15 on a resolution of disapproval, which would reverse the FCC decision, not the appropriations bill applying to the Commerce, Justice and State Departments.)(CNSNews.com) - The quality of television programming pumped into America's living rooms hangs in the balance, judging from the ongoing debate over whether to let big media companies gobble up more market share.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Republicans on Thursday re-introduced a bill banning a late-term abortion procedure dubbed "partial birth" abortion. The House and Senate have previously passed such a ban, but President Clinton vetoed the measure in 1998. This time, Republicans control the presidency and both chambers of Congress, but the major stumbling block for a partial birth abortion ban could be the U.S. Supreme Court.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republicans may lose their monopoly on the top state offices in Texas, despite the fact that President Bush remains popular in his home state, political analysts said.The outcome of two key races could also diminish the GOP's national agenda. After all, not only is the party defending 23 of 36 governorships to be voted on this November, but one loss in the evenly divided U.S. Senate could mean the difference between regaining control of the chamber or else continuing under Majority Leader Tom Daschle's (D-S.D.) agenda.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With another war looming and the next presidential election year approaching, many doubt that America's senior citizens will get their hoped-for Medicare prescription drug benefit this year.The House and Senate budget committees have started putting together a budget that includes a drug benefit, President Bush's long-term reforms and cost containment measures.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Phoenix (CNSNews.com) - Gun rights activists say the outcome of the 2002 mid-term election will be critical in determining the fate of a handful of important gun bills pending in Congress.Issues that hang in the balance include arming airline pilots; not placing undue regulations on private or gun show sales; preempting municipal lawsuits against gun manufacturers; repealing the Clinton-era ban on certain semi-automatic guns; and preventing efforts to ban .50-caliber rifles.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Congress is back from spring recess this week, but there's no sign yet that Republican moderates in the Senate will consent to increasing President Bush's tax cut above the $350 billion mark. That's less than half of the original $726 billion, 10-year dividend tax cut and still well below the House-passed $550 billion.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Vice President Walter "Fritz" Mondale famously (and disastrously) promised tax hikes in his 1984 presidential campaign. "We're going to tax their a** off," Mondale allegedly whispered to fellow Democrat and former Illinois Rep. Dan Rostenkowski during the Democratic convention that year (as recounted in the 1987 book Showdown At Gucci Gulch).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Michael Dukakis helped torpedo the presidential ambitions of Missouri Democrat Dick Gephardt back in 1988 with an infamous flip-flop attack ad. Now, it's Republicans who are blasting Gephardt, this time for his changing position on abortion.Will voters care? Or does the GOP have something else in mind?To be sure, as Gephardt's presidential ambitions have grown over the years, his views on abortion have shifted more and more in favor of legalized abortion.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CLARIFICATION: Clarifies to show that entitlement spending would increase more slowly.) (CNSNews.com) - Weeks after the Republican-led House passed legislation to create a new Medicare prescription bill, a key member of the Senate GOP leadership is sending a conflicting signal - that entitlement program spending might have to be slowed in order to deal with the mounting budget deficit.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Florida is about to restore voting privileges to some 30,000 convicted felons as part of a lawsuit settlement. Even though the last presidential election in 2000 was so close and the high percentage of black felons could become Democratic voters, the measure may not dim President Bush's chances next year or change the outcome of the next election, analysts said.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Thursday called for Congress to pass a law limiting non-economic, punitive damages in medical malpractice suits to $250,000."Our medical liability system is broken," the president told a Scranton, Pa. audience."A broken system like that first and foremost hurts the patients and the people of America," said Bush, because "junk lawsuits" drive up malpractice insurance premiums and drive innocent doctors out of town, according to the president.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic presidential rivals Howard Dean and John Kerry have both come forward with their blueprints for federally mandated mental health insurance parity, despite the fact that Americans now have unprecedented access to prescription drug treatment.